Welcome!

Experience nineteenth century Illinois history! Explore some of its people, places, and a rich tapestry of events and characters through our Web site.

Emma Abbott Cora Benneson Lydia Bradley Melinda Germann Ange Milner




  • Access electronic books with pictures, text, and audio - hear them tell their own stories as you look through the book of images and listen at the same time.




  • Audio Description: Designed for both sighted and visually impaired users, this site features audio descriptions of its images. Audio descriptions are where a narrator uses audio to describe a picture for someone who cannot see the picture.Read more on audio description.




  • Watch movies featuring first person narratives of their lives.






  • You can view a timeline of Illinois history, and view links to Illinois history annotated by Dr. John Hallwas, formerly of Western Illinois University.






    A project of the Alliance Library System and the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center. Funding for this project was provided through LSTA Funds granted by the Illinois State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State. Copyright Alliance Library System, 2005